# Monthly Archives: March 2012

## How Not To Draw a Probability Distribution

March 7, 2012
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If I google for “probability distribution” I find the following extremely bad picture: It’s bad because it conflates ideas and oversimplifies how variable probability distributions can generally be. Most distributions are not unimodal. Most dist...

March 7, 2012
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I'm on spring break, and yesterday I took some time to check off some items on my to-do list, namely:Start getting acquainted with all the new features of ggplot2 .Get a handle on dealing with geographic data in R.I've done some furtive geographic...

## Setting Up and Customizing R

March 7, 2012
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For the longest time I resisted customizing R for my particular environment. My philosophy has been that each R script for each separate analysis I do should be self contained such that I can rerun the script from top to bottom on any machine and get the same results. This being said, I have now

## Strike Zone Changes?

March 7, 2012
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It's been a while since I have posted here. I have been swamped with some papers I am trying to get out, finishing up the dissertation, and interviews (faculty ones in addition to others). I should have some big news in the next couple of weeks regar...

## Why an inverse-Wishart prior may not be such a good idea

March 7, 2012
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$Why an inverse-Wishart prior may not be such a good idea$

While playing around with Bayesian methods for random effects models, it occured to me that inverse-Wishart priors can really bite you in the bum. Inverse Wishart-priors are popular priors over covariance functions. People like them priors because they are conjugate to a Gaussian likelihood, i.e, if you have data with each : so that the

## ThinkStats … in R :: Example 1.3

March 7, 2012
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With 1.2 under our belts, we go now to the example in section 1.3 which was designed to show us how to partition a larger set of data into subsets for analysis. In this case, we’re going to jump to example 1.3.2 to determine the number of live births. While the Python loop is easy

March 6, 2012
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RcppArmadillo release 0..2.36 is now on CRAN. It contains just the changes from the new Armadillo release 2.4.4. The NEWS entry below summarises the changes. 0.2.36 2012-03-05 o Upgraded to Armadillo release 2.4.4 * fixes for q...

## lembarrasduchoix asked: thank you for the introduction to…

March 6, 2012
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lembarrasduchoix asked: thank you for the introduction to Newcomb’s paradox! Could you do a post on your favorite paradoxes?    The decision theory paradoxes I’m familiar with are: Ellsberg Paradox— Theorists encode bothsituations with unknown...

## Frustration

March 6, 2012
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Google has failed me.  Cannot get RMySQL to install on my laptop.  Looks like I am going to need a different method to get data from MySQL into R.If anyone has pointers, I'm all ears.Windows 7 x64, R 2.13.1

## Using R to Visualizing Information Flows on Wikipedia Talk Pages

March 6, 2012
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Wikipedia talk pages allow editors to discuss the evolving content on related Wikipedia articles. Sometimes the topic of a page is controversial and the talk page threads can become heated with different posts invoking a wide range of values in the kinds of appeals they use in their arguments. For example, in one thread you